"Last year was very much a learning year for me and this year has been putting into action what I have been working on," Murphy said. "I think this year is going to be much more of an upswing for me because I was kind of off the grid last year."
Murphy was taken out of the last couple starts of last year so that he wouldn't wear out or get hurt. He was able to go home and get an early start on working out and training hard.
During the beginning of the offseason the 21-year old spent his time doing normal daily workouts and running. In mid-December he really kicked it up a notch. He started a daily throwing program, started working out twice daily and ran 3-5 miles per day. Murphy said that he gained a pretty good amount of muscle and just tightened up overall before entering Spring Training.
"I think Murphy had a good Spring and a good Extended Spring," pitching coach David Williams said. "He was working on his delivery a lot. He has a great changeup that he can sometimes get a little happy with but he is trying to move up.
"I like his demeanor on the mound. He's aggressive and for a young kid to be aggressive and throw strikes, is a pitching coach's dream, especially down in Extended because you're still developing the delivery."
During Spring and Extended Spring, Murphy was really working on patching up some of the holes in his motion. He had some problems with locating his fastball and breaking pitches, but his hard work is paying off and he feels like his mechanics are gradually becoming more and more solid. He is continuing to improve and working on some new things for this season.
"I'm working on a new slider and working on controlling it," Murphy said. "I'm working more on my fastball because I tend to be more of a finesse pitcher with breaking pitches, but if I trust my fastball I am just fine."
Coach Williams believes that consistency is the main thing that Murphy should set his sights on right now. He knows that with that, Murphy will be able to pitch better outings and increase his team's chance to win.
Murphy has matured mentally and physically over the past year. He has taken the whole process as a learning experience and feels more confident going into this season.
"You try not to get overly confident," Murphy said. "I try to keep things in perspective and live in the moment. Everything is kind of in an upswing for me right now, which is a good thing. Once you figure out your mechanics and how to pitch to guys it's a good thing."
The 6-foot-3 pitcher is very teachable and open to trying new things. Williams stresses that he is always giving his guys a view of a bigger and better future so that they can set their goals high and see themselves playing at higher levels. Murphy has gone through the program very nicely this year and continues to impress Williams.
"I think any guy your working with that buys into the whole program, into the ideas that your throwing their way and into things that they need to work on, then the sky's the limit," Williams said. "No matter what round you're drafted in, if you're teachable, competitive and mentally prepared, you can make it to the big leagues."
DUNEDIN, FL - The Blue Jays chose Griffin Murphy in the second round of the 2010 draft. The left-handed pitcher from California didn't have the best season last year, posting an ERA of 4.39, but has been training hard through Spring and Extended Spring Training in hopes to make an impression this season.
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